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Common Household Eczema Causes

By Edited Jan 4, 2016 0 0

There are many different eczema types with many different causes. Some forms are believed to be triggered by allergens and irritants that are commonly found in most homes. In fact, many household substances can cause very severe eczema reactions. If you want to better control your eczema then it is important that you understand what triggers your condition.

There are essentially two different types of eczema causes in your home, allergens and irritants. However, these triggers can affect your body in many different ways and cause different forms of eczema. Some reactions happen on the surface of the skin where some reactions take place internally and show symptoms within your skin. To better understand how these allergens and irritants trigger your eczema you should first know the differences between the internal and external reactions.

Contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis are very different eczema types in nature, but both forms are very likely to be triggered by household irritants and allergens. Contact dermatitis is an external reaction which occurs when the skin touches an allergen or irritant. The red, inflamed, and itchy rash normally occurs at the point of contact. Atopic dermatitis results from an internal reaction by the immune system to an irritant or allergen. When your immune system interacts with the trigger, and typically another component such as irregular hormones or stress-related toxins, the result is an eczema outbreak on your skin that is painful, swollen, and itchy. This rash can occur anywhere on your skin, not just at the spot where you contacted the allergen or irritant.

Irritants can be anywhere in your home. It may be in the air, such as cigarette smoke or air fragrances. Some of the more unusual airborne irritants in your home may be onion or pepper fumes from cooking and food preparation. Also, if you regularly use a humidifier you should check that you use only purified, distilled water in the machine to prevent exposure to water-based chemicals, like chlorine, in the humid air.

The irritant may also be a common household chemical. Some of the more common chemical irritants are laundry detergent, fabric softeners, cleaning solvents, latex products, and nail varnish. However, you may check these usual suspects and still find you are breaking out. If that is the case, check many of the items you use on a regular basis, such as the synthetic fibers in your bedding and beauty products, to make sure they are not irritating your eczema.

Allergens tend to either be consumable or environmental in nature. Foods like nuts, berries, and dairy should always be your primary suspects. Certain foods, like peanuts and strawberries, are known to cause both internal and external eczemas.

Allergens in your home environment are sometimes more difficult to control, but not impossible. Some of the more common allergens are dust mites, pet hair and dander, mold, and mildew. Most of these can be controlled through regular cleaning, including a good quality vacuum cleaner. However, you may find that you also need an air filter to remove these allergens from your home.

You may think that there are too many potential eczema triggers in your home for you to be able to control them. However, your eczema is probably only caused by one or two triggers. Therefore, it should be easy for you to identify and remove the trigger in your home. The most effective treatment is to limit, or even avoid, exposure to your trigger.



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